Loan Watch – O’Neill set for new manager, Mahmutovic gets more minutes

The loan wagon kept rolling this week, but for some loanees it heralded some disappointing results.

Every loanee played a part for their respective clubs, but this month spelled the end of Zach Hemming’s loan spell at Darlington.

New manager on the horizon for O’Neill

Tyrone O’Neill could soon be playing under a new manager at Hartlepool United following Matthew Bates’s dismissal.

Former Middlesbrough captain Bates was sacked this week after six successive defeats.

Another former Boro man Craig Hignett is currently overseeing proceedings at Victoria Park, but has ruled himself out of the running for the job on a permanent basis.

O’Neill started Bates’s final game on the bench, but was introduced on 66 minutes. He could do nothing to turn Pools’ fortunes around though, as they were defeated 2-1.

Hignett was then unable to provide them with the inspiration they desperately needed going into the following game against Dagenham and Redbridge.

For O’Neill, it was an even more frustrating day as he was left on the bench.

Involvement for Enes

Much of Enes Mahmutovic’s time at Yeovil so far has been spent waiting for an opportunity.

The Luxembourger has only played four games for the League Two side, accumulating 315 minutes in total.

He started the midweek game against Port Vale on the bench, but came on as a half-time substitute. However, most of the damage was already done in the first half.

Port Vale’s third goal, shortly after the interval, sealed the win for Vale but left Yeovil fans reeling at yet another defeat.

In fact, the Glovers’ only victory in their last five games came against West Ham’s Under-21 side, in which Mahmutovic scored.

Their dismal run has hounded the attendances at Huish Park, with only 2,174 fans turning up for Saturday’s game.

Elsewhere around the grounds…

In the National League, Luke Armstrong and Aynsley Pears played 90 minutes for Gateshead in their game against Leyton Orient, but there was to be no goal or clean sheet as the Heed were defeated 2-1.

Striker George Miller has become more of a bit-part player for Bradford in recent weeks.

He played the final 15 minutes of their 4-0 league defeat to Luton, and was a 64th minute substitute in the 2-2 draw away to Peterborough in the FA Cup.

Staying in League One, Connor Ripley played 90 minutes in Accrington Stanley as they continued their rotten run, having been beaten 2-1 by Wycombe.

However, there were better fortunes for Stanley in the following FA Cup game against Cheltenham, as they ran out 3-1 winners.

In League Two, Nathan McGinley started and played the full match against Colchester as a wing-back. Rovers lost the game 1-0.

Elsehwere, Alex Pattison played 90 minuets for Yeovil in what was described by SomersetLive as a ‘dreadful’ result against Port Vale.

Middlesbrough Minutes:

• Luke Armstrong – 90 mins vs. Leyton Orient
• Aynsley Pears – 90 mins vs. Leyton Orient
• George Miller – 15 minutes vs. Luton,  36 minutes vs. Peterborough
• Connor Ripley – 90 mins vs. Wycombe, 90 mins vs. Cheltenham
• Nathan McGinley – 90 mins vs. Oxford Utd, 90 mins vs. Carlisle
• Tyrone O’Neill – 24 mins vs. AFC Fylde
• Alex Pattison – 90 mins vs. Port Vale
• Enes Mahmutovic – 45 mins vs. Port Vale

Injured: Joe Fryer

Not in action: Zach Hemming

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